The Duchess of Cornwall has said that World Book Day is “the birth of reading” for many children before appearing at an event to launch the annual initiative

In recent years, the Duchess has marked the event with visits to elementary schools This year, due to the pandemic, she will be attending a virtual conference to celebrate the occasion

Camilla is accompanied by the broadcaster Dermot O’Leary, the former junior doctor and author Adam Kay, the blogger Louise Pentland and the rapper MC MC Grammar

Ahead of the event, she said, “Actually owning your first book is something you will never forget

“The first book will be there forever. And hopefully it will lead children to read more and more and discover different authors and topics

“I think for a lot of kids out there, World Book Day actually marks the birth of reading”

World Book Day, which takes place on Thursday, aims to promote reading and give children better access to books

During the event, book tokens and reading materials will be distributed The charity’s Show Your Shares campaign encourages people to post pictures of themselves on social media

The organization’s executive director, Cassie Chadderton, said, “As a charity, World Book Day has been an opportunity for all children and young people to have their own book for over 20 years

“In the final week of home schooling, we want to bring the joy and magic of reading to children everywhere

“The phenomenal support that World Book Day has received this year shows how much we can all be committed to the vision that all children can enjoy the life-changing benefits of reading”

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